SchoolArts Magazine

February 2016

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36 FEBRUARY 2016 SchoolArts E L E M E N T A R Y Audrey Crosby M aking connections with other disciplines in visual art comes naturally to most art educators, and the directions one can take are end- less. As I began developing ideas for teaching my unit on color theory, I wanted to refresh my approach to teaching about color schemes, specifi- cally the monochromatic scheme. I decided that music would be a great avenue to explore, because everyone loves music and can make engaging connections with that art form. Open Discussion I began this lesson with my fourth- and fifth-grade classes by initiating a discussion about genres of music, something with which they were very familiar. They excitedly named a plethora of musical styles, then we discussed the effects that music has on our moods, which led to the next step in our lesson. Listening and Interpreting I selected three vastly different jazz tunes for students to listen to; songs that I knew would evoke a varied response. As I played the songs, I asked students to quietly listen, then sequentially write a response to the three prompts projected on the board. These were: (A) What is the feel - ing or mood expressed in this song? (B) What instruments do you hear? Monochromatic MELODIES Sydney Pressley, grade four.

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